Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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North Carolina's Finish Line program, which offers #MicroGrants to help students at all 58 of the state's #CommunityColleges graduate, has seen a spike in demand in the age of #Covid19, reports @NCWorkforce: via @NextCityOrg

Only Statewide Program to Help Community College Students Graduate Seeing a Spike in Need

North Carolina's "Finish Line" grants are unique and may have helped thousands of students graduate.


Last week we noted the new National Economic Transition platform for coal-impacted communities. Here's more on the people affected by the industry's decline, including a #workforce with great talent and a willingness to adapt: by @msainat1 for @GuardianUS

America's coalminers call for urgent help amid Covid-19 and industry decline

Workers in Appalachia and elsewhere seek assistance as economy shifts to renewable energy and America’s mines continue to shut


The @councilofdc has approved funding to continue two outreach efforts in the District of Columbia to interrupt possible gun violence. The programs are run by the office of @AGKarlRacine and @ONSEDC_: via @DCist

D.C. Lawmakers Vote To Restore Funding To Violence Interruption Efforts | DCist

“The work of violence interruption at its core is about reaching those who are most likely to either commit a violent crime or be the victim of ...


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